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DOBSON — A Mount Airy man was imprisoned and ordered to pay a hefty mandatory fine on drug trafficking convictions disposed Monday in Superior court.

John Timothy Deprisco, Sr., 55, of Allred Mill Road, pleaded guilty by Alford decision to three counts of trafficking methamphetamine at the class F level, or 28 to 199 grams, and a single count each of maintaining a drug vehicle or dwelling and identity theft.

He also pleaded guilty by Alford decision to several misdemeanor charges and infractions including two counts of resisting a public officer, two counts driving while license revoked, two counts of driving while license revoked for impaired driving, open container after consuming alcohol and following too closely.

An Alford plea indicates the defendant does not admit to actually having committed the crime but finds it in their best interest to plead guilty.

An indictment of acquiring the status of a habitual felon status was dismissed through a plea agreement.

Deprisco was ordered to serve 70 to 93 months in the Department of Adult Corrections, or just under six to eight years, with credit for eight days served.

He was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine and court costs totaling $7,917.

• On Oct. 25, Joe Lewis Hughes was found guilty of obtaining property by false pretense after entering a plea of no contest. Hughes, 64, of Brady’s Home Lane, Mount Airy, was given an active sentence of 12 to 24 months with 251 days credit for time served. He was ordered to pay court costs totaling $4,097.50.

Deprisco Surry County Detention Center
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